Thursday, June 07, 1990

Press Release: Caterham CSR260 Superlight

07 June 2006

CATERHAM GOES SUPERLIGHT WITH CSR260

In a perfect example of automotive alchemy, Caterham Cars is set to deliver all the driving excitement associated with its stripped-out Superlight versions to the range-topping Caterham CSR260 model, to create the brand new Caterham CSR260 Superlight.

Aimed at the enthusiast, the 2.3 litre Cosworth-powered road legal Caterham CSR260 Superlight brings all the performance credentials associated with its stablemate, like a supercar-humbling 0-60mph time of 3.1 seconds and a licence-losing top speed of 155mph, yet swaps the windscreen, carpet, heater and weather gear for a limited slip differential and a quicker steering rack. Decisively, it also premiers ‘Dynamic Suspensions’ dampers manufactured by MTCe as original equipment for an undiluted performance driving experience.

The result is a breath-taking Caterham experience that blends no frills road legal agility with devastating track capability.

Twenty five kilos lighter than the standard CSR260, this model variant also adds distinctive Superlight styling to the exterior, including a wind deflector, a carbon fibre dashboard and wings, a black powder coated cockpit, quick release MOMO steering wheel and ‘black pack’ that disguises otherwise aluminium detailing.

A natural extension of the CSR range, this Superlight model delivers all the thrills of frantic acceleration, pin-sharp steering, high revving eager performance mated to a close ratio six speed box, in a sportscar that is perfectly balanced to focus the driver solely on driving and smiling.

With a power-to-weight ratio of 460 BHP per tonne, the Caterham CSR260 Superlight finds itself in similar company to the £323,000 Porsche Carrera GT or the £118,000 Ferrari F430.

In a now customary move, Caterham has developed an options list that highlights the cost alongside the weight of items such as windscreen, heater, weather gear, dry sump, track day roll-over bar and fire extinguisher.

Caterham is taking orders now with the first cars delivered in August. Prices start at £37,995 fully built. Visit www.caterham.co.uk for further information.

ENDS

Press Release: 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet

The fastest open-top four-seater in the world : Mika Häkkinen drives a CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet

Affalterbach/Monte Carlo, Jun 07, 2006

Mika Häkkinen extends his fleet: The AMG-Mercedes DTM driver drives a brand new CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet. “After changing from the open Formula 1 racing car to the closed DTM saloon, the CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet is exactly the right car for quick trips around my home town Monte Carlo, or along the winding roads in the surrounding Maritime Alps” said the Formula 1 World Champion of 1998 and 1999. Apart from Mika Häkkinen the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya has also chosen a CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet; his team colleague Kimi Raikkönen has driven a CLK DTM AMG Coupé since 2005.

High tech derived from motorsport, racetrack handling dynamics, eye-catching design and utmost exclusivity – the new Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet is not only the choice of prominent sportsmen, but also makes the hearts of other automobile enthusiasts beat faster. With its 428 kW/582 hp powerful AMG 5.5-litre V8 compressor engine, the newly developed AMG sports suspension, optionally available sports tyres and aerodynamics optimised in the wind tunnel the CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet, which is in a limited edition of 100, delivers a superlative performance: The AMG high-performance sports car accelerates in only 4.0 seconds from zero to 100 km/h, the highest speed is 300 km/h (electronically limited). This means that the new AMG high-performance car is the fastest open-top four-seater in the world.

The high demand for the CLK DTM AMG Coupé, which was also in a limited edition of 100 and was rapidly sold out, was the initial inspiration during the planning of the high-performance AMG Cabriolet. During development another model was also the most successful car in the German Touring Car Masters, namely the racing version of the Mercedes-Benz CLK with which Bernd Schneider became champion in the 2003 season. The equipment of the CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet is also orientated on the racetrack: AMG sports bucket seats with leather/Alcantara upholstery ensure optimal lateral support: The oval AMG racing steering wheel with suede covering and the AMG instrument cluster with 360 km/h speedometer scale lend the interior an unmistakable motorsport touch.

Technological transfer from motorsport

Alone the exterior design of the new CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet indicates the highest performance at the level of thoroughbred racing cars and attests to the transfer of top-class technology from motorsport: the deep-drawn front apron with large air inlets, striking wheel arch flaring, 19 and 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels and the rear end in diffusor-look are reminiscent of the successful CLK racing touring cars from the German Touring Masters. Numerous body components are made of the high-strength and particularly light carbon fibre composite material CRP, for example the bonnet, doors, front wings, rear wheel arches flaring, the front and rear aprons as well as the rear aerofoil.

Superlative sports car performance

Under the bonnet is the supercharged AMG eight-cylinder engine known from numerous other AMG cars but here specifically redeveloped. There are modifications to the crankcase, pistons, cooling system, intake tract, supercharger and exhaust system. A 5439 cubic centimetres displacement provides the AMG V8 with a maximum performance of 428 kW/582 hp at 6100 rpm, and the maximum torque of 800 Newton metres is available at 3500 rpm. Instant response to accelerator pedal movements, powerful torque increase, exhilarating response and the unique V8 sound are the particular strengths of the AMG 5.5-litre V8 compressor engine which provides the new CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet with the performance of superlative sports cars. From 0 to 100 km/h requires only 4.0 seconds and the maximum speed is 300 km/h (electronically limited). No other open-top four-seater series production car achieves this. Racing feeling is also provided by the power transmission by means of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT five-speed automatic transmission: the five gears are changed by a brief pull of the AMG shift paddles on the steering wheel, the extremely short response times enable a particularly sporty and direct driving experience.

Newly developed adjustable suspension system and differential lock on rear axle

The suspension is also fully appropriate for the high-performance engine. It is a height-adjustable torsion suspension system such as is used in motor racing. The rear axle has been redesigned with completely new spring links and wheel carriers as well as reinforced drive shafts. Uni-ball joints on both axles have replaced the rubber elements to provide extremely precise handling. Optional traction is ensured by a multiple-disc limited-slip differential on the rear axle. The acceleration skid control ASR and the Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) have been adapted for the increased performance potential.

Optional Dunlop sports tyres for particularly good grip

Contact to the road surface is provided by optionally available sports tyres from DTM motorsport partner Dunlop; the dimensions are 255/35 R 19 (front) and 285/30 R 20 (rear). These tyres have a particularly good grip and are fitted on multi-piece AMG light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design in the sizes 8.5 by 19 or 10 by 20. With their filigree spokes they are not only strikingly attractive, but also ensure an effective brake ventilation. Perfect deceleration is also ensured by the newly developed AMG high-performance composite brake system with six-piston fixed-brake callipers at the front and four-piston fixed brake callipers at the rear.

Functional racing atmosphere in the interior

The interior of the CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet is characterised by a functional motor racing atmosphere with the astute exclusivity of a genuine AMG high performance car. AMG sports bucket seats of ultra-light CRP with leather /Alcantara upholstery provide the occupants with outstanding lateral support. The AMG sports steering wheel with its oval rim is covered in high-grip suede and gives the driver an excellent feel for the vehicle. The door linings, trim parts and other interior components are also of CRP. The redesigned centre console has a striking silver-coloured selector lever unit, starter button and four rocker switches for auxiliary functions.

Despite potential racetrack performance the CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet has all the virtues typical of any Mercedes model: everyday suitability, durability, safety, quality and standards of service for the most demanding requirements. Since May 2006 the first of the hand-built CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet, which is in a limited edition of 100, have been supplied to customers. The price in Germany is 277,820 euros (incl. 16% VAT). Prospective customers should not delay because the limited edition is almost sold out.

Press Release: Renault Scénic Dynamique S

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
WEDNESDAY 7TH JUNE 2006

RENAULT SCENIC RANGE BECOMES EVEN MORE ‘DYNAMIQUE’ WITH LAUNCH OF NEW SPECIAL EDITION

The Renault Scénic, the car which created the compact MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) sector ten years ago, continues to ride high in the UK sales charts, so to ensure that it stays that way, a new special edition has been created, based on the best-selling, mid-range Dynamique model, called Dynamique S and priced from £16,620. Making the latest addition to the high-selling Scénic range even more appealing is the £1,200 cashback that these new models attract if ordered by 30th June 2006, making prices start from as little as £15,420.

The Scénic and larger, seven-seat Grand Scénic ranges already boast one special edition, Oasis, where the emphasis is on comfort and convenience, whereas the newcomer places it even more firmly on sporty style and luxury. The great news for buyers is that this does not come with a hefty price tag as the thirteen versions of the Dynamique S offer £1,500 worth of extra equipment, for only £500 more than their standard Dynamique equivalents – representing a saving of £1,000 if all of the options were bought separately.

The bonus equipment on the latest Scénic special edition includes: 16" ‘Louxor’ alloy wheels, automatic climate control, cruise control with speed limiter, dark grey part leather upholstery, sliding centre storage unit (including integrated armrests, courtesy lights, accessory power point and cupholders). In addition to the extra kit, core equipment on Dynamique models includes: ABS with EBD (electronic brake distribution), automatic windscreen wipers and headlamps, alarm (category 1), front and rear electric windows, leather steering wheel and gear knob and satin chrome door handles.

Of the thirteen models, seven are available in Scénic and the remaining six in Grand Scénic, including the "UK’s greenest MPV" as highlighted by MSN Cars, Grand Scénic dCi 106. With carbon dioxide emissions of 144 grams per kilometre - a measly 20.57 grams for each of the seven passengers it can carry – this car fits into the 18% tax band, allowing you to enjoy your luxuries with a clear conscience while you look after both your wallet and the planet.

The new Dynamique S versions come in a choice of three petrol engines and two diesels, with three gearboxes, including an automatic, with pricing as follows:

Model

Insurance Group

Benefit In Kind

Tax

‘On the Road’ RRP

Scénic




1.6 VVT 111

6

21%

£16,620

1.6 VVT 111 Auto

6

25%

£17,620

2.0 VVT 136 6-speed

8

25%

£17,620

2.0 VVT 136 Auto

8

28%

£18,620

2.0 Turbo 165

11

25%

£18,815

dCi 106 6-speed

5

18%

£17,620

dCi 130 6-speed FAP

8

21%

£18,820

Grand Scénic




1.6 VVT 111

6

22%

£17,620

2.0 VVT 136 6-speed

8

26%

£18,620

2.0 VVT 136 Auto

8

28%

£19,620

2.0 Turbo 165

11

25%

£19,815

dCi 106 6-speed

5

18%

£18,620

dCi 130 6-speed FAP

8

21%

£19,820

The new Scénic Dynamique S versions can be ordered now and will be available throughout the summer months. For more information, call 0800 52 51 50, see www.renault.co.uk or visit your nearest Renault dealer.

ENDS

Monday, June 04, 1990

Press Release: Efficient-C Research Project

Release immediate: 2 June 2006

Ricardo, QinetiQ and PSA Peugeot Citroën’s Efficient-C research project delivers ultra-low carbon emission powertrain

Ricardo, QinetiQ and PSA Peugeot Citroën today presented the results of their Efficient-C collaborative research project which has successfully met the UK Department for Transport’s Ultra Low Carbon Car Challenge. The two year Efficient-C programme has culminated in the delivery of a full-hybrid diesel demonstrator vehicle emitting just 99 g/km CO2 (equivalent to 3.75 litres per 100km or over 75mpg) based on a fully featured Citroën Berlingo Multispace family car. This is a significant leap forward of 30 per cent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions when compared to the equivalent diesel production vehicle. Furthermore the same diesel hybrid powertrain fitted in a C-segment 5 door saloon would only emit 90g tank-to-wheel CO2.

The 5 door Euro IV compliant Efficient-C demonstrator meets all the expected performance, comfort and safety levels for today’s market and comprises the following integrated technologies:

· A highly fuel-efficient PSA Peugeot Citroën 1.6 litre HDi, turbo-charged and inter-cooled common rail diesel engine.

· A compact 23kW 288V DC electric motor mounted between the engine and the transmission, providing up to 130Nm electrical torque assist, efficient electrical power generation, regenerative braking and full electric vehicle (zero emissions) operation at low speed.

· A 5-speed automated manual transmission delivering cost-effective automatic functionality.

· An advanced 288 volt Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery pack and battery management system to monitor state-of-charge, cell temperature, and cell voltage balance.

· Supporting systems including a low-temperature cooling circuit to protect the electric motor and power electronics, an electro-hydraulic power assisted steering system, electrically powered air conditioning and a touch-screen driver display.

· Advanced supervisory control system based on the Ricardo rCube prototype controller to co-ordinate the many vehicle systems to meet driver demands whilst optimising fuel economy.

Dave Greenwood, Ricardo Chief Engineer and Efficient-C Project Leader, commented: “The Efficient-C project has highlighted a range of future technologies which are capable of delivering ultra-low CO2 without compromising vehicle function and performance. The project team is proud to have successfully met the UK Government’s Ultra Low Carbon Car Challenge.”

Alain Klein, Director of Hybrid Vehicles Development at PSA Peugeot Citroën, said: “We are delighted with the results from this research project which demonstrates the potential for a step change in CO2 emissions reduction with a diesel parallel hybrid. The challenge now is for the motor industry and its suppliers to achieve the cost reductions required for the mass production of diesel hybrids to be considered.”

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